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The European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.
SERIES—FILM SHOWS—OWN LIFE
Abstract. The article deals with current changes and tendencies in the field of film viewing modes, and especially with the importance of film and film series viewing in everyday life. The current situation is characterised by the fact that more and more films are viewed on computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and all kinds of digital devices. In particular, it is film series that are of mass interest. With the spread of streaming services and the possibility of watching films and series online, i.e. almost always and everywhere, the consumption of film series is growing in broad circles. New terms were quickly created for these phenomena, such as binge-watching or binge-viewing (Komaglotzen or Serienmarathon in German) or series addiction, i.e. watching several episodes of a television or film series at a time. In this context, the question of the effects of series shows on the concrete lives of viewers today is posed.
The article is based on an empirical survey. In the analysis of the empirical findings, three theses are formulated and put up for discussion:
• Nowadays, watching film series on the Internet or on digital media is an integral part of the everyday life of young adults.
• Watching film series on the Internet is a strategy for coping with life.
• Watching film series goes hand in hand with giving meaning to one’s own life. On the one hand, this means an expansion of personal freedom and independence, but at the same time also a new limitation of the ability to act. The text concludes with a vision for intersubjective cultural research.
Keywords: Film series, film production in Germany, culture, empirical cultural research, film shows, binge-watching, everyday life, everyday culture, own life, youth culture, series, seriality, relationships, intersubjectivity